After yesterday’s inspiring post about getting back on track and the writing improving, I was a total slug. Stared at my WIP for 3 hours, through 2 cups of tea, and 4 magazines (which is what I flip through sometimes when I am stuck) and wound up with a whopping 153 words. Shocking and efficient. :snort: I need to do some GMC work on my short story before I move forward. Which I totally planned to do yesterday, but I kind of didn’t get around to it. Instead, I hit the grocery, the butcher, took the girls to the dog park, and then napped for a solid 2 hours before throwing together a fantastic dinner of ribeyes with sauteed mushrooms and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Food of the gods, I’m tellin’ ya. Then hubs and I had a romantic comedy night. Can’t say I feel guilty.
We are embarking on an experiment in our household. After reading Kristen Lamb’s recent post, I harbor a strong suspicion that my husband may be gluten intolerant. A LOT of the symptoms fit. Since it certainly won’t kill us if we’re wrong, we’re going gluten-free for a week to see what happens. Since it takes 3 days to get it out of your system, a week should be adequate time to get it out, then reintroduce it at the end to see how he feels. If, as Kristen says, he feels like he’s been hit by a Mack truck, then that’s good enough evidence for me to make some fairly radical changes. If anybody has some good resources on that front, please leave them in comments.
This week we’re coming up on the final installment of Forsaken By Shadow for Free Fiction Friday. I don’t really have any way of measuring the success of this little experiment, but I definitely have no regrets. It’s a means for people to try my work without risk. As far as I’m concerned, since this is a long term career plan, that’s not a bad thing. Eventually I’ll have more titles out for them to buy. Promo, in my mind, is all about experimentation and trying new stuff until you find what works for you. Like diets and lifestyles.
So I’ve noticed something since I cut back on reading blogs. Of the ones I do read–other than those of my close writer friends I follow so I can track their progress–they are all starting to sound the same. Want to get published [traditionally or indie]? You gotta do x, y, z [even if the methods are somewhat different]. Cue inspiration or depressing stats. Cue bashing of the opposing method. Seriously. It’s like we’re all running out of stuff to say. But, hey, it takes less time out of my day! I think I’m going to start dipping back into books on craft. I’ve been meaning to read John Truby’s Anatomy of Story for two years now.
In a bit of random, earlier this week I saw someone post a review where they thought that Forsaken By Shadow was a YA and rated it lower because of the language. I wasn’t rude or anything, but I did post a clarifying comment to her review mentioning that it was definitely NOT a YA and had never been marketed as such. She was lovely and raised the rating! Apparently she had first heard of the book on a YA forum, so that’s where the confusion occurred. I was still pretty baffled that ANYBODY could think FBS is YA. I mean, the hero and heroine are late twenties, early thirties. To my mind, that automatically disqualifies it from the YA category. I mean, the hallmark of YA is that the main characters are teens, right? But hey, whatever. She liked the story. 🙂
And finally for my ROW80 check-in. Since I got home on Tuesday, the week has been all about playing catch up. Wednesday I was brain-dead and didn’t write. I did write over 800 words on Thursday and Friday respectively, and my piddly 153 Saturday. I’m not unhappy with that. I also caught up on grading, laundry, grocery shopping, menu planning, and organizing life for a very busy upcoming week at the Evil Day Job, so I feel pretty good that my head will be screwed on straight for the week ahead. Today’s plan is to do that GMC work on the short story and get to the housecleaning.